BEREA — Tracy Sprinkle landed on his feet.
The Houston Texans claimed the 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman Saturday after the Browns had waived him Friday. He joins a Texans team that went 11-5 and won the AFC South last year.
“My journey’s always been rocky,” Sprinkle told The Chronicle-Telegram from a layover on his way to Houston. “But I have faith in God.
“You just gotta keep moving forward.”
Sprinkle, an Elyria High graduate, spent less than a week with the hometown Browns. He was signed Aug. 3, practiced three times and played Thursday night in the preseason opener vs. Washington at FirstEnergy Stadium.
He played in the third and fourth quarters and was credited with a tackle assist.
“There’s no bad blood,” he said of the Browns. “They said the door is always open.”
He did enough to impress somebody with the Texans.
“Houston obviously liked what they saw in me,” Sprinkle said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. I did what I had to do.”
Sprinkle will be a defensive end in Houston’s 3-4 scheme. With the Browns he was a tackle in the 4-3. He said he’s comfortable in both.
Sprinkle was undrafted out of Ohio State in 2018, signed with the Carolina Panthers and was cut after the preseason. He had five sacks in the abbreviated season of the folded Alliance of American Football.